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This article in the Chronicle really hits the nail on the head. This problem really isn’t limited to higher education, but rather has reached its slimy tentacles into everything. Anything that really is for the common good, whether it’s health care, parks, environmental protections, the arts, libraries, K-12 schools, safe highways, equitable tax structures, or sound government policies, can’t seem to come to fruition if there aren’t immediate financial benefits. We want not just money, but lots of it, and right now.
It saddens me that in the end, we will all pay far more than anyone ever stood to gain from such poor management and shortsightedness. We may not pay in financial terms, but we will all be so very poor in what we lack.